Do you deal with chronic head, neck, and/or facial pain?
Are you afflicted with earaches not caused by an ear infection? Have you ever experienced lockjaw – your mouth locking in a closed or open position, or limited opening?
Have you been coping with jaw popping or clicking, pain down your neck and shoulders, tight facial muscles, or difficulty chewing?
You could be suffering from TMJ Disorder. The good news is that you have options. You don’t have to keep suffering!
If you’re unsure of what your TMJ is, your temperomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to your skull and is located in front of each ear. It is the joint that allows you to move your jaw in every direction. Problems with your jaw and the muscles that control it are known as termperomandibular dysfunction.
Getting a Proper Diagnosis – How We Test for TMJ Disorder
The first step to treating TMD is to get a proper diagnosis. How do we find out what’s really going on?
First, we review all of your symptoms. We then feel and listen to your jaw as you open and close, observing the range of motion, as well as the path your jaw takes to open and close.
Other parts of the diagnostic process may include testing such as:
- A panoramic x-ray
- X-ray of the jaw joints
- Impressions of your teeth to make plaster models
- EMG – recording of muscles that support the joint
- JVA – an electronic recording of TMJ sounds, or more accurately, vibrations occurring in the joint
These tests help us get a complete story to determine why you’re in pain and what the plan of action should be to get relief.
TMD Treatment Options to Reduce Your Symptoms
Once we have made a diagnosis of TMJ dysfunction we will create a treatment plan based on your unique situation.
We provide the following TMJ treatments:
1. Orthotic Devices:
This in an appliance that fits on your lower teeth to create more even tooth contact, which in turn allows the jaw joints to be positioned more ideally. The orthotic balances the bite, improves jaw muscle function, and creates a more harmonic joint function.
A splint is a dental appliance that fits over either the upper or lower level and is worn at night. A night appliance can significantly reduce facial pain, joint pain, and headaches for people whose primary trigger is night time clenching and grinding. By preventing your teeth from touching, the splint takes pressure off the muscles and jaw joints.
3. Orthodontic Treatment:
If the source of your TMJ Dysfunction stems from a bad bite, orthodontic treatment can help by correcting the bite. One of the primary causes of TMJ dysfunction is a bad bite. So the goal of treating TMJ Disorder is to reduce or eliminate pain by healing the cause.
Botox can relax muscles in your face and jaw that may be causing TMJ and jaw tension.
Along with some of the above treatment options, we also use a TENS Machine (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), which allows your jaw muscles to relax and detox.
You Aren’t Alone – We Can help You Find Relief from TMJ Disorder Symptoms
The pain of TMJ Disorder can make life miserable. Everyone deserves the opportunity to have this problem treated. When you come into our office, you’ll be shown kindness, care, and compassion – we put you first! We understand your pain and want to help you find relief as quickly as possible.
Do you suffer from headaches, chronic facial pain, jaw clicking, and/or pain, neck or shoulder pain? Contact us to schedule a TMJ Disorder consultation. You deserve to find relief from your symptoms – and we can help!